The Premier League Football Fashion Table

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The Chic Geek
The Chic Geek

Fashion Expert's Verdict

The Barclays Premier League returns on August 8 after a busy summer of transfer activity. Fans will be eager to see their teams take the field - and many will have stocked up on their side's latest home shirt so they look the part by the time the action begins. But who is leading the way when it comes to the fashion stakes? We've teamed up The Chic Geek - the fashion alter ego of writer Marcus Jaye - to pass his verdict on which shirts take the style crown... and which occupy the fashion relegation zone.

Manchester City's effort is a table topper
Manchester City's effort is a table topper

1. Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to bring the Premier League crown back to the Etihad Stadium, after being usurped by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea last season. His side is packed with players with expensive price tags and it's perhaps only right that such stars are kitted out in the league's best shirt. Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph are among the additions to the squad, which will also look to improve its performances on the European stage.
Chic Geek verdict: I like the crisp white collar and cuff details. It looks refreshing and clean on the light blue. 

Aston Villa's men will run out in style in 2015/16
Aston Villa's men will run out in style in 2015/16

2. Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood is a manager who often attracts attention for his fashion choices - gillet anyone? - and will, undoubtedly, be pleased to feature towards the top of our table. The former Spurs boss is tasked with something of a rebuilding job at Villa Park this summer following the departure of nine players, including star striker Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. Jordan Ayew, Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards lead the new recruits to a squad that will clearly be dressed for success at the very least.
Chic Geek verdict: This has the same polo type collar as Manchester City, with slimming and contoured graduating lines on the body.
 
The 'grandad collar' makes Arsenal's shirt a winner
The 'grandad collar' makes
Arsenal's shirt a winner

3. Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's sides have always played with style and they've got the kit to match with this top three effort. The arrival of Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea is the only closed season capture so far, but Wenger has a sizeable war chest to dip into should he wish to add another superstar signing to his ranks and he aims to make a serious challenge for the league title after back-to-back FA Cup wins.
Chic Geek verdict: The grandad collar gives this a Henley/retro feel with the smart raglan type sleeve colouring.
 
The sash stripe earns style points for Spurs
The sash stripe earns style points for Spurs

4. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs were propelled into fifth place last season on the back of a stunning run of goalscoring form for home grown star Harry Kane. Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to go one better to break into the all-important top four and can at least be buoyed by the fact he's managed to do just that in the fashion table!
Chic Geek verdict: This is well balanced with the sash type stripe.

Newcastle's shirt is 'modern and energetic'
Newcastle's shirt is 'modern and energetic'

5. Newcastle

Steve McClaren wants to finally put the 'wally with a brolly' tag to bed by steering Newcastle to a successful season in the Premier League. He arrives at St James' Park after missing out on promotion with Derby County and is looking to provide stability after a campaign in which the Magpies flirted with with relegation from the top flight.
Chic Geek verdict: The blue and black diagonal detailing feels modern and energetic.
 
Manchester United's collar and button detail impressed
Manchester United's collar and
button detail impressed

6. Manchester United

Louis Van Gaal's Old Trafford rebuilding job has continued this summer - with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay joining the ranks as the Dutchman aims to return the Reds to the top of the Premier League. It seems that his expensively assembled squad will at least look the part as they mount their challenge...
Chic Geek verdict: This classic V-neck collar echoes the classic Sharp kit of the 80's. Clean lines with some nice detail. 

Liverpool's 2015/16 shirt is 'simple and subtle'
Liverpool's 2015/16 shirt is 'simple and subtle'

7. Liverpool

It was never going to be easy for Brendan Rodgers to succeed last season, following the loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. While Raheem Sterling has left to go to Manchester City, seven players have come in to Anfield including former Aston Villa frontman Christian Benteke, Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino and England midfielder James Milner. 
Chic Geek verdict: Simple design with a subtle checkerboard-to-stripe shading.
 
Southampton's kit is a solid mid-table effort
Southampton's kit is a solid
mid-table effort

8. Southampton

After losing several key players and their manager last summer, many predicted a sharp downturn in fortunes for Southampton. But far from it. Under the tutelage of Ronald Koeman The Saints continued to be one of the Premier League's better performers. This time around they will need to get over the loss of Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld. Would you bet against them pulling off the same feat as last season?
Chic Geek verdict: This should have matched the white collar on the sleeves, a missed opportunity.
 
Everton's V neck is slightly too deep to make it a winner
Everton's V neck is slightly too deep to make it a winner

9. Everton

The Toffees will have been slightly disappointed to have finished 11th last time around, especially after managing to make fifth in the table the previous season. Roberto Martinez will hope the permanent capture of former loanee Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona will help boost his side's fortunes, alongside the signing of midfielder Tom Cleverly from Manchester United. Martinez's sides are renowned for playing with style - but does their kit match their reputation? 
Chic Geek verdict: The white V at the neck is too large and intrudes too much on the rest of the shirt.
 
Let down by the logo?
Let down by the logo?

10. West Brom

Tony Pulis joined the Baggies back in January and now, with a full pre-season under his belt, the Welshman will be looking to follow up the success he enjoyed at Stoke and Crystal Palace in the Black Country. James McClean has joined the ranks as Pulis prepares to steer his side far away from any threat of relegation, a very real prospect when he took over at the turn of the year. 
Chic Geek verdict: Not a bad effort but that sponsor's logo make it look more like a computer kit than a real shirt.
 
Cheap looking stitching doesn't match Chelsea's squad of expensive superstars'
Cheap looking stitching doesn't match
Chelsea's squad of expensive superstars

11. Chelsea

Jose Mourinho will be looking not only to repeat his side's title winning success of last season, but also to perform better on the European stage, where he has previously enjoyed success with Porto and Inter Milan. Colombian striker Falcao has been added to the firepower at Stamford Bridge in a bid to make this happen, but will this squad of expensive stars have a kit to match their pedigree?
Chic Geek verdict: The body stitching makes it look cheap and lets this down.
 
West Ham should take note from Villa in how to do a claret and blue number
West Ham should take note from Villa
in how to do a claret and blue number

12. West Ham

The Hammers welcome back former defender Slaven Bilic into the dugout for the 2015/16, replacing the departing Sam Allardyce. The former Croatia and Besiktas boss will be going all out in a bid to ensure the club ends its time at Upton Park on a high before it makes the move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
Chic Geek verdict: This should be more like Aston Villa's - a better claret and blue combination.
 
Exciting season, boring kit?
Exciting season, boring kit?

13. Leicester City

Say what you like about Claudio Ranieri but the arrival of the Tinkerman back in the Premier League is bound to bring excitement and interest to the King Power Stadium. Since leaving Chelsea in 2004 the popular Italian boss has taken in stints at Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Monaco and Greece - so does the club have the cosmopolitan kit to match the arrival of their colourful character in the dugout?
Chic Geek verdict: Boring. (Ah, back to the drawing board perhaps?)
 
Set for the seaside?
Set for the seaside?

14. Stoke

Premier League rivals have long learned not to underestimate The Potters, who have been in the top flight since earning promotion in 2008. Manager Mark Hughes is looking to build on the strong legacy of predecessor Tony Pulis and the arrival of winger Ibrahim Afellay from Barcelona hints at yet more style being displayed before the passionate crowds at the Britannia Stadium? So, do they have the kit to match these lofty ambitions...
Chic Geek verdict: This looks too much like a deck chair. (That's a no then!)
 
Sunderland's kit lacks character
Sunderland's kit lacks character

15. Sunderland

Dick Advocate helped save the Black Cats from the drop and has now agreed to sign on for a full season on Wearside. The experienced Dutchman will be looking to deliver season free from fear of relegation, which has loomed over the Stadium of Light for a number of years.
Chic Geek verdict: This just looks like all the other red and white striped kits. Not individual enough.
 
Bournemouth would be on to a winner...if they wanted a rugby shirt
Bournemouth would be on to a winner...
if they wanted a rugby shirt

16. AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries are ready to make their first ever appearance in the Premier League. They do so after earning promotion from the Championship with real style under the stewardship of the highly rated Eddie Howe. But can they match that in the top flight? That's the big question ahead of the kick-off and six new signings have been drafted in to prepare for the challenge ahead. 
Chic Geek verdict: This looks like a bad rugby kit.
 
The stripes may be traditional for Palace, but this is an 'anonymous' version
The stripes may be traditional for Palace,
but this is an 'anonymous' version

17. Crystal Palace

Optimism surrounds Selhurst Park, with fans confident that the club can build on last season's impressive 10th placed finish under Alan Pardew, especially with the arrival of the classy Yohann Cabaye in central midfield to complement the attacking flair of the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie. But does the kit make a statement that they're one of the big players in the game now?
Chic Geek verdict: The stripes feel too wide, making this shirt largely anonymous. 

This shirt works...if looking like a fake tanned bride at a wedding is your intention
This shirt works...if looking like a fake
tanned bride at a wedding is your intention

18. Swansea City

The Welsh club have been a regular fixture in the top flight since 2011 and Garry Monk's men's hopes of continuing that strong record will probably rest on whether new signing Andre Ayew is able to fill the goalscoring boots of Wilfred Bony in the long term. This season's shirt sports a copper stripe as a nod to Swansea's industrial past.
Chic Geek verdict: The colour combo of cream and copper is dreary, this looks like an overly fake tanned bride.
 
The sponsor's logo dominates Norwich's shirt
The sponsor's logo dominates Norwich's shirt

19.Norwich City

Alex Neil's Canaries came up to the Premier League via the play-offs and will be in no mood for a swift return to the Championship as the club of Delia Smith and Stephen Fry look to prove they belong with the English footballing elite.
Chic Geek verdict: It doesn’t help with the team colours being yellow and green, but the oversized clashing logo and stingy green collar make this even worse.
 
Welcome the 80s...Watford style
Welcome the 80s...Watford style

20. Watford

Promotion to the Premier League has brought sweeping change at Vicarage Road - with former Valencia and Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores taking up the managerial hotseat and 10 new signings being drafted in as the club bids to establish itself in the top flight. They have, of course, got a new kit to go with their new start.
Chic Geek verdict: This takes you back to the 80s...but in a bad way. It also looks top heavy.
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